A new partnership between the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the University of Illinois (U of I) College of Engineering promises to spur entrepreneurship by allowing top MBA and engineering students to combine their talents and expertise on joint startup ventures, Crain’s Chicago Business reported last month.
Previously, Chicago Booth MBA students hoping to pursue entrepreneurial ventures requiring engineering know-how were at a disadvantage because the University of Chicago Booth has no engineering school. U of I’s College of Engineering, located in Urbana-Champaign, is one of the 10 best engineering schools in the country – making the partnership with top-ranked Chicago Booth a natural fit. The collaboration is one the schools hope will prove mutually beneficial. Continue reading…
Welcome back to Tell Us Tuesday, the column in which we highlight MBA interview reports that have been posted to our Interview Archive in the past week. Thanks to everyone who submitted an interview report!
This week, we received interview reports from UPenn / Wharton, UVA / Darden, Columbia, Harvard, Yale SOM, and MIT Sloan. In special guest posts, Grant Me Admission shared his Kellogg and Dartmouth Tuck interviews, My Journey to Business School provided details of her UCLA Anderson interview, and Naija MBA Gal shared her Chicago Booth interview experience.
Welcome back to Trivia Tuesday, the weekly column where we highlight programs that distinguish top business schools from their peer institutions. This week, we take a look inside the Clear Admit School Guide to UCLA’s Anderson School of Management to learn more about the school’s pre-term program.
“Many schools offer pre-term and orientation programs for first-year students prior to the start of the academic year. While orientations are usually required three- or four-day programs focused on meeting classmates and becoming acclimated to the campus, pre-term programs include an academic component, which may be anything from placement exams to leadership seminars. Orientations are always mandatory, though pre-term programs may be optional, depending on the nature of the activities taking place.
The following is a description of the UPenn / Wharton MBA Admissions Interview Questions from a recent applicant:
I interviewed at Wharton last week, and I did both my Team Based Discussion and Healthcare interview. For the healthcare interview, since I had already spoken with June before I applied, I interviewed with a recent graduate who is helping out with healthcare admissions on a part-time basis this year. She was very friendly and the interview was very conversational. Most of the time was spent discussing healthcare topics and my current work (rather than why Wharton, career goals, etc.).
The following is a Darden interview summary from a recent applicant. The applicant provides their UVA Darden MBA admissions interview questions:
I had my Darden interview yesterday. The interviewer basically just said “tell me about yourself” and then laid out what she wanted me to talk about (walking through the resume, why mba, why darden). After that, she did not say much for the rest of the interview (every now and then she would nod to acknowledge she was following the story). The only specific question I was asked was “What challenges have I faced related to working with different cultures” (which I think was brought about by an anecdote I gave relating to an international project).
For more UVA Darden MBA admissions interview questions, check out our UVA Darden Interview Archive!
As part of a new initiative this year, Indian School of Business (ISB) is offering 10 full tuition-fee waivers to the school’s top 10 applicants this admissions season. These full waivers – valued at INR 2 million (roughly $66,000) – complement a range of other merit scholarships the school awards to applicants based on leadership potential, past academic performance and personal attributes.
No application is necessary for these new full tuition-fee waivers. Simply complete the ISB application. The Admissions Committee will select the recipients based on its evaluation of all of the candidates. The top 10 candidates, as measured by a combination of academic strength, leadership potential, work experience and other attributes, will be awarded the full tuition-fee waivers. Recipients will be notified of this decision at the time of admission. Continue reading…
Last week we offered some advice to help applicants avoid common pitfalls in writing their essays for the Round 2 deadlines. This week we’d like to offer some more advice. Although these tips might not apply to everyone or to every school, these are some good basic strategies to employ. For personalized advice about your applications, contact Clear Admit directly.
1. Think strategically when delving into anecdotes that are highly personal. While breaking up with your college sweetheart may have had some impact on who you are today, you’ll want to be careful about using personal matters as the basis for an essay. While there are certainly exceptions, we find that examples from the professional sphere or from extracurricular activities typically make for stronger, and more compelling, essays, as they speak to the things that the admissions committee cares the most about, including qualities and skills that relate to professional success. Continue reading…
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2014 began on November 17th and will continue through November 23rd. Observed in 140 countries worldwide, GEW was launched in 2008 to inspire “people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey.”
At Tepper and CMU, the week has included a series of campus-wide events designed to showcase and support the school’s thriving entrepreneurial spirit. Proceedings have included everything from fireside chats and open office hours with venture capitalists to an elevator pitch competition and a startup job fair. Throughout the week, CMU campus experts in new business creation, along with stakeholders in venture capital and community development, have delivered lectures and workshops for aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs. Continue reading…
The UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions Interview: A Special Guest Post from ‘My Journey to Business School’
The following is a guest post from Vandana about her UCLA Anderson MBA admissions interview that was originally published on the My Journey to Business School blog. For more insights and stories from Vandana, follow the My Journey to Business School blog!
I just finished my Skype interview with a 2nd year student at UCLA Anderson. It was super friendly and the interviewer really put me at ease before we started. I think the interview went well. Keeping my fingers crossed. I have a good feeling about Anderson – I hope Anderson feels the same way about me.
As for interview questions, they were pretty standard:
1) Walk me through your resume.
2) Tell me about a time you led a team. [I probably could have used a better example here - he asked me multiple follow-up questions on how I did what I did.]
3) Why MBA? Why now?
4) Why UCLA Anderson? [When I mentioned interacting with current students/alumni, the interviewer asked for specific names of students I connected with. It turned out that one of the students I talked to was a close friend of the interviewer!]
5) Plan B if my current goals do not materialize
6) Leadership Style
7) What do you do outside of work?
Welcome back to Fridays from the Frontline, our weekly summary of news and happenings from the business school blogosphere. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the author of The Little Prince, once said “What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.” In the world of business school, current applicants are taking steps forward in their application process, while current students take steps through their business school life.
MBA applicants are currently consumed with planning their next steps. PullingthatMBAtrigger has put together her final school list for round 2. MBA Black Girl on Campus is using her “All Things MBA” spreadsheet to plan her application, and My Life of Bliss examines her pre-MBA profile as she prepares to apply to MBA programs. While some applicants are preparing for their next set of applications, others are finishing round 1 interviews and waiting to hear back from their round 1 choices. TopDogMBA is consumed with interview prep for MIT Sloan and Wharton. Naija MBA Gal is staying away from the business school applicant forums until she receives interview news from Stanford. My Journey to Business School shares a summary of her UCLA interview for other Anderson hopefuls, and Under Prescription summarizes his interviews with Tuck and MIT Sloan.